‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Posters Tease a Ferocious Monster Showdown Sets China Release Date Ahead of U.S. Debut

The epic clash of titans that is Godzilla vs. Kong is closer than ever, and ahead of its combined theatrical and streaming release later this month, the team behind the film is pulling out all of the stops in giving fans some visually stunning poster art to tide them over. This week, Warner Bros. dropped not just one but two new posters, one of which will be popping up in transit on bus shelters, and they’re definitely giving us some heavyweight match-up vibes. Who will reign victorious?

Audiences have been treated to a notable ramping up of teaser content, from new posters to teaser clips that seemingly offer a look at Godzilla and Kong’s first meeting. But on the set of Godzilla vs. Kong back in March 2019, director Adam Wingard told Collider that he almost doesn’t want too many advance details revealed before the film’s release:

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Directed by Wingard (You’re Next, Death Note, the upcoming Face/Off sequel), Godzilla vs. Kong will continue the story originally told in both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, finally uniting the respective monsters on-screen in their first shared film. The movie co-stars Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler, Brian Tyree Henry, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, and Demián Bichir.

Godzilla vs. Kong will have a tandem theatrical and HBO Max streaming release on March 31. Check out the new poster artwork below:

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” has set a China release date of March 26, five days ahead of its U.S. debut in theaters and on streaming.

The past two installments of the franchise have made more money in China than in North America, and with U.S. cinemas still closed in much of the country and taking a continuous beating from the COVID-19 pandemic, the same can be expected for the latest Adam Wingard-directed title.

Its China release, which will almost assuredly be its largest theatrical outing globally, comes amid beef between Legendary, a subsidiary of China’s Wanda Group, and Warner Bros., its U.S. distributor. The former threatened legal action against the latter over its decision to release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max day-and-date with their theatrical debut. Warner Bros. had exacerbating bad blood by reportedly blocking a Netflix bid to buy the approximately $200 million-budgeted film for $250 million.

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown and Rebecca Hall, the fourth title in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse pits Godzilla against King Kong for a special effects extravaganza.

A new trailer cut specifically for China features footage that hasn’t appeared in prior ones. The minute-long sneak peek emphasizes the relationship between King Kong and a small girl who helps control him, as well as the monster’s desire to protect her. The trailer forgoes opening with effects-heavy fights and explosions for a quieter, more emotional start, beginning with a sun-dappled scene of King Kong yawning himself awake and the line, “He trusts her.” Monster and girl then sign the word “family” to each other.

Emotional films about down-and-out children, families or saving loved ones have done well recently at the China box office — whether that’s “Hi, Mom” or “A Writer’s Odyssey,” both currently leading the box office, or “Capernaum,” the Lebanese arthouse title that earned blockbuster bucks in the territory.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a sequel to Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which made $135 million in China, $25 million more than it did in North America. The franchise’s “Godzilla” film earned $77.6 million in China in 2014, at a time when the country had far fewer screens.

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The Peter Jackson-directed “King Kong,” which is not part of the MonsterVerse, grossed $12.7 million in China back in 2006. Over a decade later, China sales matched and ever so slightly exceeded U.S. grosses for 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island.” It earned $168 million in the mainland, $200,000 more than in North America.

After shifting the release date for “Godzilla vs. Kong” around repeatedly to suit the circumstances of COVID-19, Warner Bros. landed on a March 31 debut in North America and on HBO Max. The streaming platform currently has no plans to operate in the China market, where the government maintains strict controls over the web.